October Favorites

by jenna on October 15, 2012

I love October! I love the crisp air, the first fires in the fireplace, the soups on the stove and wearing boots whenever possible.

I have lots to share today with y’all today — this might be my favorite FAVORITES post yet.

I’ll kick this post off by saying that my first October favorite is that brilliant Georgia sunset you see above! I was having dinner at my parent’s house and saw this sky peaking through the shutters in the kitchen. I immediately grabbed my iphone {the best camera is the one you have with you!} and ran down the street like a crazy person to capture all the majestic splendor of the sky. Doesn’t it look like the sky is on fire?! I always thought California had the best sunsets but now I’m not too sure…

Traveling with my dad.

A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to sign books at The Taste of Atlanta and both my dad and Adam came along. Guys, we had such a blast! It was great to spend some quality father-daughter time together, and we took Atlanta by storm. One of my favorite things we did together was explore the Atlanta History Center! All three of us {Adam, dad and I} are big American history buffs and this place was massive. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re visiting! We loved it. We also loved Holeman & Finch for dinner. If you’re there, try the Sour Account cocktail — it tastes like a boozy sour patch kid. Fabulous!

FashionABLE.

Now here’s something close to my heart. Not only are these scarves super cute and really comfy, but they are handmade in Ethiopa by local women in need. I have so much to say about FashionABLE, and was privileged enough to hear the founder of the company, Barrett Ward, speak over the weekend. It pretty much rocked the world.

FashionABLE is a nonprofit that provides sustainable employment to Ethiopian women that have been exploited in the sex trade industry. By providing work for these women, they can stay off the streets and provide for their families. Each scarf is handmade and on each tag, the woman who made it writes a short message about how your purchase supports her family. I bought two scarves over the weekend and one of the tags says how my purchase makes it possible for her to provide for her son. I just love that. Plus, they are SUPER cute!

I don’t think this is going to be the last time you hear about FashionABLE on here…or at least I hope not!

Revlon Lip Butter.

Oh, how I love thee! I recently discovered this god-send of a lipstick at the Walmart near my parent’s house. I went in for a cookie sheet and left three lip butters richer. What can I say? I couldn’t decide! The colors I got were red velvet, peachy keen and pink truffle — I think my favorite is the pink truffle. It’s the perfect not-too-light-not-too-dark-sorta-neutral pink. I love these lip butters because they give a glossy shine and leave my lips super soft. Highly recommend!

This book.

I read a couple Emily Griffin novels on my trip — they are the perfect travel books! This one, Where we Belong, was my favorite. I believe it’s her newest book out? I read it cover to cover in a matter of days and loved every page. Read it!

These gorgeous colorful necklaces from NS Pottery.

I was lucky enough to meet Natalie, the insanely talented artist behind this jewelry, at The Influence Conference last weekend. It was there that I totally fell in love with these colorful necklaces! She was kind enough to gift me a pretty red rectangle necklace that I may never want to take off again. It’s so smooth and bright! The color is just gorgeous and I love how different it is from anything else that I own. Natalie also makes beautiful rings, earrings and statement necklaces, and she sells them all in her shop. With the holidays coming up, I’m so glad I found her because I know many a girlfriend who would just loooove one of these pretties as a gift this year!

This devotional.

Sandy actually gave me this as a gift and I just love it so much. It’s a treasure of a book with little devotionals and corresponding scripture verses for every day of the year. The best part is how small the book is! It’s the perfect size to tuck into your purse and it’s one of the things I always travel with. No need to carry a heavy bible around — you can read the devotion for the day then just look up the verse on your iphone :)

This cool and chunky cowl with tree buttons!

Melody Joy is another one of my new friends that I met over the weekend at Influence! Anyone who has the shop name “dance parties in the rain” is someone who I want to be friends with. Plus, she is so, so, so nice. And full of joy! Imagine that! I took home this fun green chunky cowl and can’t wait to wear it with jeans and a t-shirt once it gets a tad cooler outside. I’ll be honest, the funky tree buttons totally won me over. It’s so unique and warm — kinda like your favorite blanket!

Better Life Bags.

I LOVE Better Life Bags. A couple months ago, Rebecca, the creator & owner of Better Life Bags, contacted me to see if I’d like to design a bag to carry + model at The Influence Conference. She explained the mission statement, which is to provide better the life of first generation immigrant women in her community by providing safe and stable employment. By this, she is empowering these women who otherwise would not be able to work outside of their homes. I don’t know about y’all, but that is definitely the sort of company that I want to support. Rebecca saw a need in her community and wanted to do something about it. So she did….I just love that! You can read the whole story and mission here.

Anyway, I was so excited, designed my bag, and then like a total frantic dummy, I totally forgot to pack it with me to take to the conference. Duh, Jenna. It all worked out though because I ended up purchasing the bag you see above {in a different pattern} while I was there. I seriously am counting down the days until it arrives! All Better Life Bags are totally customizable and there’s a ton of really neat fabric to choose from. The one you see above is the exact one that I bought in a different pattern. It’s made with gorgeous leather + funky cool fabric, and is large enough for your laptop, iPad, books, whatever you got. It’s the perfect messenger bag and I know I’ll use it every day since I tend to carry around my entire house in my purse. More than anything though, I love knowing that my purchase goes to a really great cause to help better the lives of those less fortunate.

This Christmas card.

Okay, so I know it’s, like, super DUPER early but how cute is this Christmas card designed by my friend, Jessi? I can personally attest to Jessi’s print design genius, as I have four of her prints framed in my house and gave one to my mom as a gift last summer. I looooooove her customizable Christmas cards this year and am forcing politely asking Adam to take a nice photo with me this week so we can make our first ever Christmas card to send to friends.

These cards by Naptime Diaries run for $20, which is a steal if you ask me. There’s limited supply so get your order in asap!

Fleur de Sel caramels from Trader Joe’s!!!

What else can I say?

Oh wait, I know — just wait till you see what I did with them come Wednesday. It’s naughty.

 

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 15, 2012 at 3:56 am

The caramels, the scarf, the Bag!! love it! The pic with you and your dad…what a nice post, Jenna. And love the design of the bag! Big enough for all the essentials but not too huge. Perfect.

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Madison October 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

YES! I love this post! It makes me want to go outside and sit by a fire on a cool, October night. :)

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama October 15, 2012 at 4:30 am

I always find fun things on your favorites posts, but this one has a ton. Thanks for sharing.

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Elisabeth October 15, 2012 at 4:44 am

1. Love the pic of you & Dad :)

2. I love that Emily Giffin book – actually, I love all of her books!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 15, 2012 at 5:02 am

I love Emily Griffith books but haven’t heard of that one so I will have to watch for it! That’s so great that you got to spend time on your book tour with your mom, dad and Adam. Lots of great memories, I’m sure! I just posted my fall faves today (http://bit.ly/V0dhZH) and although they don’t include Revlon products, one of them is Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey – OMG it’s amazing!!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks October 15, 2012 at 5:05 am

I’m dying over those necklaces. DYING.

And that cowl with tree buttons.

And Where We Belong? Seriously. It’s so different from the rest of her books, but after the first few pages I found it refreshing. I just finished it on Friday night and I miss everyone so much already.

Me = nerd.

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 15, 2012 at 5:14 am

I’ve never seen a chunky cowl wrap like that! Adorable. I need to hunt one of those down! :)

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 15, 2012 at 5:18 am

Love that green scarf- super cute and cozy!

I’m on the fence about Emily Griffin books.. Sometimes I love them and sometimes they’re tooooooooo chick litty for me, if that makes sense.

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Molly @ RDexposed October 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

Um, I’ll take one of everything. I feel that I have found the book that I need for my flight next month!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

OMG! What a great list! I love the scarf, the chunky cowl and the bag. Where’s my CC! :)

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Abby@ Totes Delish October 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

I’ve been coveting those lip butters for quite some time, so you just convinced me to go for it! Also, I’m in love with those scarves, I always love buying from a wonderful cause :)

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Mary October 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

These scarves are all gorgeous – thanks for sharing!

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Runner Dad October 15, 2012 at 6:45 am

That’s a really great photo of you and your dad! You’d probably enjoy my “Hug Your Dad” post on my blog…check it out if you get a chance.

October is probably my favorite month too. The cool crisp mornings, changing leaves, perfect running weather.

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Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) October 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

Great list of favorites! I especially want to check out the books. Thanks for sharing!

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natalie @ The SoHo October 15, 2012 at 7:17 am

We are on the same page! I just bought those caramels last week. Yum! And Jesus Calling is my daily morning read. It’s so good, isn’t it? Love that sunset too!

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deva by definition October 15, 2012 at 7:58 am

1: Love the sunset
2: Love the devotional recommendation. I am going to have to e-reader that one.
3: Um. Love the cowl with the buttons. SO adorably awesome and cute and cozy looking.

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Mel October 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

So much to say about this post. I love it all! Especially the scarves that support women in Ethiopia. I’m always glad when the fashion I wear can support good causes! I’m also glad that your blog is able to bring them some awareness.

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Cait H. October 15, 2012 at 8:01 am

I have a container of those caramels on my desk right now!

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Sheila October 15, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thank you for brightening up my day with every post- I love your spirit! Though I don’t know you personally, I look to you as a sort of role model. I appreciate your positivity and appreciation of the little things in life.

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Caroline October 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

Love your “favorites” posts! I totally have that devotional too and love how doable it is to read every day! Also, must.have.cowl.

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alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] October 15, 2012 at 8:37 am

love love *love* the scarf + cowl + bag you featured. not sure if you’ve heard of sseko shoes, but they’re my favorite summer-time accessory. basically a sandal sole with loops, you customize + change up your style with different ribbons! they’re made under the same premise as the FashionABLE scarves – by women in Uganda. you should check them out! [http://www.ssekodesigns.com]

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kim@hungryhealthygirl October 15, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’ve read all of Emily Giffin’s books and Where We Belong is one of my faves too! Thanks for posting about FashionABLE, I’m definitely going to check into getting a scarf from them. Love all of your favorites….thanks for sharing!

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Keri October 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

I can’t believe you know Rebecca! We were part of the same bible study when we both lived in Savannah. She is one of my go-to people for mommy questions. what an amazing and talented woman of God! I currently own the Freitas clutch bag and take it everywhere!

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Ashley October 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

Oh Jenna, I love what you bring to the world! You really have made a difference by sharing these fav. things!! :) Love the focus on making a difference and supporting creative artists…

Jenna, You ROCK!! :)

*my friends and I are off to buy our FashionAble scarves…. <3

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Addy@ Six-Kick Switch October 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

Jenna, I am so glad you’re supporting fair and sustainable trade! Thank you! I’ve never heard of FashionABLE, but I’m definitely checking it out now. And I love love love those caramels. Trader Joe’s is just such a wonderful place…

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Kacia October 15, 2012 at 10:54 am

I love everything about this post. and I miss you loads.

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Sharla October 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

I have that devotional on my ipad and LOVE it, but think I need to get the book so I can use the little notes section to jot down thoughts.

Thanks for all the great info – definitely checking out the bags. Too cute!!

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Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen October 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

That cowl is the cutest thing ever! I love the big buttons.

Looking forward to seeing what you made with the caramels :)

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Megan @ Megan's Miles October 15, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for letting us know about FashionABLE! I’m on the hunt for some new scarves and would love to support such a worthy cause. Also, the caramels look amazing. :)

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Julie @SavvyEats October 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Great photo of you and your dad!

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Stacey October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say I’ve found Jesus Calling to be life-changing. I have the actual book and bought the app for my iPhone. I’m obsessed and forever thankful for it.

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orangek8 October 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Please do yourself a favor and get the Cherry Tart lip butter too. It is amazing!!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom October 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Love this post! Wow, so many lovelies here. . don’t know where to start. . but that cowl is beautiful!! LOVE!

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Chantel October 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I love Fashion.ABLE as well, probably because I have a scarf obsession. And I am loving that bag! So cute!

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The Meaning of Me October 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Jesus Calling IS a great little devotional. It was recommended to me by a colleague recently and I am loving it.

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Karen October 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I got your book today!!!! I’m SO EXCITED to dig in – and try some of these tasty recipes!

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Vicki October 15, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Hey Jenna, I love these kind of posts, you make me discover so many fun things.

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domonique @ a bowl full of simple October 15, 2012 at 4:53 pm

just banned myself from those caramels since i downed a box last week!! love it all.
thanks jenna.

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Emily @ Life on Food October 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I think I could repost this titled…things I want for Christmas. Such lovely things!

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Natalie October 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Jenna, I always love your favorites but really love that this time you’re featuring companies that support such worthy causes. Melody Joy made me the most amazing mustard yellow chunky cowl last fall and I’m still in love with it. I got the feeling that she was a super sweet lady and mama! Also, Jesus Calling is beside my bed, yet to be read too much. Thanks for reinforcing that I should get at it. ;)

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Caroline L. October 15, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Great picks! There was the most amazing sky last night in San Jose… it took my breath away!

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Makenzie October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Oh Jenna. I love you so much and I don’t even know you! You look so happy in your picture with your dad and I am so happy that you are happy :) Way to go for getting the names of companies that benefit people in need, I hope to buy a scarf from FashionABLE SOON! It’s scarf season for sure!!! YAY

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out October 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

This post is about to drain my bank account. Just sayin’.

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Sherry H. October 15, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Loved it all! And Trader Joe’s Caramels? Confession time…..I bought a carton of them last week, thinking I would have one as a nibble daily…scarfed every single one of them in one day…..please don’t judge me!! :) They are the best things ever!
Looking forward to your Wednesday post!

You and your Dad are too sweet!

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Kaelee October 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

That devotional is divine! Somehow it seems to strike me right where I need it every time. God bless!

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Elizabeth @ Southern Color October 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

I’m so glad you got to experience TofA while visiting my hometown of Atlanta! It’s a great way to get a taste of all the wonderful restaurants we have here! I hope you tried the burger while you were at Holeman & Finch ;)

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Tami@nutmegnotebook October 16, 2012 at 7:49 am

So many awesome finds to check out. Thank you for sharing these items with links!

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Sarah @ The Social Eater October 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

I LOVE stuff like fashionABLE. How cool that each scarf comes with a personal note, too! I sincerely hope this isn’t the last time I hear of them on your blog- I really enjoy it when you talk about issues like this one:-).
PS. I’d never heard of them before; thank you for bringing fashionABLE to my attention!

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S October 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Does a good cause always have to have a retail/business, nice/cute/sweet person, or fashion motivation behind it for you? Donating directly to the cause is MUCH more effective. Just asking cuz it’s what I’ve noticed – or unfortunately, what sticks out from your blog.

Glad you had fun with the 2 guys in GA!

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Valerie October 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

oh my! tons of favorites to sift through. i think you just helped me with my christmas list!

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